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Postcard Exchange Blog Hop

Elm Street Quilts offered to host a postcard exchange and I signed up to exchange with someone.

Here is a photo of the postcard that I made, and sent, for the exchange:

Postcard Exchange 2018

I wrote about the postcard exchange, my recipient’s word for inspiration (plunge), and my fabric postcard which was mailed to Texas.  You can find that post here.

My word for my postcard exchange partner was ‘garden’.  It isn’t very original, and definitely wide open to interpretation.

When I received my postcard, I was thrilled.  I am so ready for color and this postcard provides color and cheer!

Postcard Exchange 2018

Thank you so much to Christina from Iowa!  I couldn’t be happier and this card is now on display in my happy place…the sewing studio!

Postcard Exchange 2018

If you would like to see more fabric postcards from participants of the exchange, then click on the following links:

Denise @ DottieDoodle
Isis @ Creation d’Isis
Karen @ Run Sew Fun
Lynette @ What A Hoot Quilts
Laura @ LC’s Cottage
Lisa @ Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Marsha @ Quilter in Motion
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Paige @ Quilted Blooms
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Susan @ California Fiber and Music
Valerie @ Val’s Quilting Studio

There are lots of fabric postcard tutorials online. Here’s a couple to get you started:

NeedledMom
The Spruce

If you are on Pinterest, then simply search ‘fabric postcard tutorials’…lots comes up!  

Creating fabric postcards can be addictive!  Have fun!

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for a postcard parade!  Check us out!

Postcard Exchange Feb./March 2018

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” -Alan Watts…The Wisdom of Insecurity

 

“Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Elm Street Quilts offered to host a postcard exchange and I signed up to exchange with someone.

I enjoy making fabric postcards, but the last time that I made one was in 2012.  You can see that postcard here.

For this exchange, we were supposed to choose one word for the maker to use as inspiration.

My recipient chose the word ‘plunge’.  Here is what I learned about the meaning of plunge:

Plunge
• to thrust into water or other fluid substance
• immerse in a fluid
• to drive into flesh, mire or earth
• to thrust or drive into any state in which the thing is considered as enveloped or surrounded, enclosed, overwhelmed (difficulties, distress, war)
• baptize by immersion
• to pitch
• to fall

Immersion
• the act of putting into a fluid below the surface; plunge till covered
• the state of sinking into a fluid; being considered overwhelmed or deeply engaged
• the act of entering into the light of the sun, as a star, so as to be enveloped and invisible to the eye
• the state of being enveloped
• the entrance of the moon into the shadow of the earth, at the commencement of an eclipse; the state of being enveloped in the shadow

Some ideas that I considered (Very briefly on a couple of these!):

• toilet plunger
• plunging neckline
• dagger plunged into a chest
• cocoon
• eclipse

I wanted to depict something positive, something that indicated a leap of faith; some risk taking.

So I am showing a person joyfully plunging from a cliff into a sea. 

Postcard Exchange 2018

I am not showing the back of the postcard because I have written the recipient’s name and address on it.

I have also written a quote for her:

Plunge boldly into the thick of life. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I hope she likes it!

Postcard Exchange 2018

To see more photos from the exchange, check out the Instagram tag #esqpostcardswap.  I am not on Instagram, but I know that many of you are.  Enjoy!

Yoda Finish

It has been a very hot, dry and windy summer…ripe for wildfires…and indeed, we have them raging in my home state of Washington, as well as Oregon and California.  So when I am home from the day job, I am attempting to keep some green space around my home.

I have great water, but it comes from a gravity fed spring, so I am limited to how long, and how much, I can water the gardens at any one time.  I am losing the battle for the green space.  Fortunately, there are no wildfires close by. 

I am blessed.

We did get a brief respite from a cool down and storm.  Unfortunately, this storm was particularly vicious.  There are downed trees everywhere, and it left thousands of people without power, water, and, in many cases, without a place to live since the trees smashed their homes.  My father is one of those without power and water, but he is coping well.

Again, I am blessed.

What angers me is that these people who have lost so much because of natural disasters are now being preyed upon by looters.  I look forward to the Lord’s justice in dealing with these heartless and selfish crooks!

I bet you don’t remember this:

Yoda
I made a stencil of words and painted it:

Yoda
Seemed fitting for kittens:

Yoda
Then the little project sat. 

And sat.

I have finally sandwiched it and finished it.

Yoda
I was going to use free motion quilting and outline the kittens’ bodies…sort of a ghost effect.  Once I sandwiched it, and quilted it, however, I didn’t like it.

My next thought was to paint the bodies.  I should’ve stopped thinking and followed through on that idea.

Instead, I decided to thread paint the bodies.  Now I know about stabilizers (I’ve thread painted before), but this was already sandwiched and quilted.  And, yes, I know that I still could have used a water-soluble stabilizer.  If I had any.  I didn’t.  And if I wanted to wait to finish.  I didn’t.

Ha!  My little quilt (about 8″ x 11″) shrunk up like a roasted marshmallow!  I had to steam the snot out of it to get it to lie flat again!

Yoda

I’m done.  Maybe a granddaughter will want this one.  Or I will be an anonymous giver to a quilting buddy.  Heh, heh!

On to the next UFO.

Yoda

I thought a simple little UFO would be appropriate for my next project.

Many moons ago, I took photos of a sweet little kitten named Yoda. 

I played with effects on one of those photos in photoshop and created a design to print on fabric.

Yoda

I don’t know how long ago I did this…long enough that when I touched the gold yarn, it disintegrated (Perhaps bad quality?).   I didn’t save the file on my pc (Neglect or a computer crash?) so I have no reference and no way to print more of this fabric.

By the time you read this post, I will have free motion stitched the fused applique.  I’m not sure what else I’ll do yet.

I have more long days coming with the day job, so I don’t know when I’ll be back. 

Meantime, ya’ll have some fun creating, whether you love to create in the kitchen, the woodshop, with Legos, knitting, scrapbooking, or….  Just find the time for the precious creative muse!

Perhaps Moses…Finished

What began as a class lesson on perspective has finished as Moses and Pharaoh’s Daughter.  Most of us are familiar with the biblical story of Moses’ birth from Exodus Chapter 2: 1-10.

Had I known that the background was to become the setting for Moses, I would’ve chosen shades and tints of alabaster to create it (seems more Egyptian to me).  But I had no end result in mind, and the background sat around for longer than I care to admit.

No matter that the details are not accurate.  I’m an artist, right?  I can take certain liberties.  What’s important is that when one looks at this quilt, one can see the story.

So here it is:

Moses and Pharaoh's Daughter

A few close-ups:

Moses and Pharaoh's Daughter

Moses and Pharaoh's Daughter

Moses and Pharaoh's Daughter

Moses and Pharaoh's Daughter

Moses and Pharaoh's Daughter

Before and after:

For Part 1, click here.

For Part 2, click here.

For Part 3, click here.

For Part 4, click here.

For Part 5, click here.

Snow Dyeing Results

Here are the results from my snow dyeing play day.

All of the fabrics turned out soft and muted…probably because I used old dye.  I’m okay with that.  Not all fabrics need to be intense color…there is a place for every piece.  The fabrics sitting on top of the window screening are more muted than the ‘drip catchers’; they weren’t resting in the dye.

I did have trouble taking good photos, so I’ve included close ups for you.  They show the texture better.  Clicking on a photo will show a larger view.

The first photo is the snow dyed fabric using teal, bronze and ecru dyes.

TealBronzeEcruSnowDye

The next fabric is the ‘drip catcher’ from the above snow dyed fabric.

The blue background is more blue than the photos show.

TealBronzeEcruSnowDyeDripCatcher

Next is a fabric that was snow dyed with a blue-green, orange and wisteria procion mx dyes.

Blue-GreenOrangeWisteriaSnowDye

The ‘drip catcher’ to the above fabric (it looks like a whole lot of white fabric areas in this photo, but that isn’t the case):

Blue-GreenOrangeWisteriaSnowDyeDripCatcher

To make the last snow dye, I simply dumped on leftover dyes.  It has cobalt, fushia, deep yellow, peach and a little black.  It is a soft, pretty piece.

CobaltFushiaDeepYellowPeachBlackSnowDye

And who would know that this is the ‘drip catcher’ from the above snow dye?  It is as if the colors made an arrangement with each other…pastels on the snow dye, and deeper colors to the bottom.

CobaltFushiaDeepYellowPeachBlackSnowDyeDripCatcher

I have decided that, while snow dyeing made for an entertaining play date, I prefer to stick to low water immersion when I hand dye my fabric.

Snow Dyeing

I’ve been in a funk.  No energy; don’t wanna do anything.  Perhaps it is the everyday sameness of dreary, cold winter days.  There has not even been a gorgeous fresh snowfall to break up the monotony of the greyness of ice and fog. 

I decided I needed some playtime.  Try something new.  Pull myself out of the doldrums, whatever the cause may be.

Last night, I spent considerable time trolling the internet and reading lots of snow dyeing blog posts and tutorials.  Looking at all the luscious results got me excited to experiment (funny…I’ve never been excited about snow dyeing…must be the timing).  I love the serendipitous aspect!

Which is a good thing, because I can’t tell you the last time that I used my procion dyes.  They are old, and have no doubt lost their potency.  Keeping that in mind, I won’t be disappointed (well…maybe a little) if the dye doesn’t perform well.  It is my own fault.

A trip out to the dilapidated chicken coop was called for this morning.  It hasn’t been used as a chicken coop for years; I should be calling it a garden shed.  It houses yard tools of various sorts, as well as, on occasion, cats, skunks, and raccoons.  And on at least one afternoon, a bear.

I am on a treasure hunt for window screening.  I don’t think Hubby would like it if I cut the screening from off the screen doors or windows.  And I am one lucky girl, too, because there is plenty of window screening coiled up in a bucket!

Snow Dyeing Prep

I’m using one yard pieces of soda ash soaked pima cotton fabric.  I am also using plastic shoe sized containers.  There is a layer of fabric scrunched into the bottom of each container to take advantage of the dripping dye solution.

Window screening is clamped to the containers with clothespins, and another layer of scrunched fabric is sitting on the screening.

Snow Dyeing Prep

I went outside and shoveled up a bucket of snow to bring in.  The snow is thickly packed around that top layer of scrunched fabric.

Packing Snow onto Fabric

Dye is squirted on that snow.  I’m having fun making a mess!  It looks like very large flavored snow cones!

Snow Dyeing

I’ve got the fabric resting in front of the heater.  It is also covered with plastic wrap.

Now we wait. 

Probably for a couple of days.  I was going to wash it out tomorrow, but I’ve been called to work.  I won’t be able to handle the suspense too long, so I’ll get to it as soon as I can.

And then I will know if I can still use my dyes, or throw them out.  Even if the results are muted, the fabric may make great background fabric, or can always be overdyed.

By the way, the sky is a bright blue today, and the sun is shining in full glory!

What do you do to get yourself out of those blah times?